Who is God ? Part 4 - Consequences of a Creator's Non-Existence
(The final answer)

4. Continuation of the
Considerations from Dipl.Math. Ulrich Meyer,  Februrary 2020
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Results from recent scientific knowledge.
Some aspects are from the book "The God Theory" by Bernard Haisch (2009) and
from the book "A universe from nothing" by Lawrence M. Krauss (2013).
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      The God Theory       A Universe from Nothing

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Contents:

1. Introduction
2. Quantum fluctuations

3. Vacuum, empty space
4. Effects of quantum fluctuations
5. The final answer to our question
6. Notes


1. Introduction

  Our universe was created from one point by the Big Bang. The matter of the universe could be created out of nothing by quantum fluctuations. The whole process and the further development to the formation of our galaxy, the Milky Way, our planet and us humans, through the evolution, was produced independently without a creator, without the so-called "God" (See: " Who is god? Part 3").
We now want to examine what this creation and development process still means for us today.



2. Quantum fluctuations

  For this we want to take a closer look at these quantum fluctuations, our origin. What does fluctuation actually mean? The term comes from the latin word "fluctuare", which means a short or constant change, a short variation. The quantum fluctuations are also indicated as zero point energy in a zero point field.
In a vacuum, in a nothing, where there is nothing, absolutely nothing, there is something. There is no nothing, because in every "nothing" particles and their antiparticles are constantly being created, but shortly afterwards they annihilate each other, this means they destroy themselves, and thus they disappear again. These particles are called virtual particles, because they do not really exist and therefore they cannot be measured. They are spontaneous fluctuations of a quantum field, which can be converted by an energy supply above a threshold value to real particles, if they have not destroyed themselves previously. To show this better, we need a quantum mechanical explanation. Quantum mechanics came about, because it was found out that nature is not continuous, but is quantified in detail. Everything like space, matter, time, light, energy and electrical charge consists of smallest portions, the quants, not equal to zero. In the vacuum, in the "nothing", a field energy must be unclear after Heisenberg's uncertainty principle, this means the energy oscillates around zero. There can arise positive and negative particle pairs, because they borrow energy from these energy fluctuations, which they give back later with their annihilation again. The energy required for the generation of the particle pairs is covered by the Heisenberg uncertainty principle, so that there is no violation of the law of conservation of energy. According to this, an amount of energy
ΔE may violate this energy conservation law over a period of time Δt as long as the product of ΔE and Δt is not greater than or equal to the Planck's constant divided by .
It must ally:          
ΔE x Δt    h/4π = ħ    (= reduced Planck's constant).

         virtual particle    virtual particles     

  By the equivalence of mass and energy (E = mc²) there can arise spontaneously such particles for a limited period of time. Because of their very short lifetime and the fact that their existence contradicts the basics of classical physics (the energy conservation), such particles are called virtual particles. They are transients, something temporary, while real particles are stimulations of a quantum field whose existence can be measured.


3. Vacuum, empty space

  In our practice we could create a vacuum in a closed container, if everything, that can be removed from it, is removed from it, this means all atoms and molecules. Then this container would not be empty, because new particles and their antiparticles are spontaneously created there, but they immediately disappear again. Our universe is relatively empty, this means there is a lot of empty space between the galaxies, the stars and the planets and other matter accumulations. An electron, that moves along the border of a galaxy cluster, would meet another electron all 22 million years because of this void [See note 1)].. But there is also a lot of empty space in our vicinity. Everywhere, where there is no matter, the space is empty. So in our atmosphere, the air, between the gas molecules like oxygen, carbon dioxide, nitrogen etc. there is a lot of empty space. But there is empty space in matter itself. Matter consists of atoms and these consist of the atomic nucleus, which is composed of protons and neutrons, and the electrons in the atomic shell, which are buzzing around this nucleus. The shell has a size of about 10-10m and the diameter of the nucleus is 10-15 to 10-14m. This does not sound at first as a big difference, but so the atomic shell is more than 20,000 times to 100,000 times greater than the nucleus. For better understanding we assume that the atomic shell would have a diameter of 1 km, then the size of the nucleus would be only 4 cm. Even more vividly than such a pure size comparison in km and cm is the example that the astrophysicist Professor Harald Lesch often uses. If an atom has the size of a football stadium, the nucleus would correspond to a grain of rice at the kick-off point in the middle of the stadium field. The electrons would circle around the outer stands. That is very remarkable. If you still consider that the mass of a Elektron is only 1/1836 of the mass of a proton, then it is also still significant smaller than the nucleus. The mass of an atom is at most determined by the nucleus. If you visualize all of this, you understand that there is a lot of empty space in every atom. In all this empty space in the universe and in matter there are these quantum fluctuations, that is to say, that there always arise spontaneously particle pairs, which then immediately destroy themselves.

                          Atom  virtual particle pairs in an atom and around  -  everywhere in the empty


4. Effects of quantum fluctuations

  We, our inside and our surroundings, are always mixed with this quantum foam from fluctuations. Therefor the question arises, whether these short-term virtual particles have an impact on us and if so, which one? From an energetic point of view, such a virtual particle is almost insignificant, since you cannot measure it at all (see above). However, there may be the possibility that an effect can arise in the accumulation of many virtual particles. Such an influence on physical parameters can be seen in the "Casimir-Effekt", which is often used to demonstrate vacuum fluctuations. A very weak attractive force acts on two parallel conductive plates, Which are lying very close together in a vacuum.
  An example of the effect of vacuum fluctuations from our daily life can be seen in fluorescent lamps. These are filled with an inert gas such as neon or argon through which an electron current is sent. The electrons collide with the gas atoms and brings these into a quantum-mechanically excited state. The noble gas atoms should actually remain in this excited state, but then there will be no light. The scientists realized much later, that it was only through the interaction of the quantum fluctuations with the gas atoms that the excited state was unstable and the atoms returned to the ground state, and by this photons were emitted. Therefor the fluorescent lamps lights up.
  Let us now consider a single electron in a vacuum. This has a negative charge. In the immediate vicinity of the electron, these virtual particle pairs are continuously created by the quantum fluctuations. The particle pairs are charged positively and negatively. The same charges repel each other and the uneven charges attract each other. That means the positive particles of the fluctuation turn towards the electron and the negative particles turn away from the electron. These pairs of particles only exist for a very short time, but there arises always new particles. We then have two envelopes around the electron, a positively charged and a slightly larger outer negative envelope made of fluctuating particles. This behavior of the quantum fluctuations to electrons also exists in every electronic circuit in a corresponding adaptation to the environment. If you measure the outgoing pulsation of an electronic circuit, you will always find a very low background noise there. This is based on the influence of quantum fluctuations on the flowing through electrons.

                                                       E-QuantFlukt An electron polarizes virtual particles of the quantum fluctuations

  The C14 or
radiocarbon analysis is a well-known method for determining the age of fossils that are many thousands of years old. The principle is to determine the ratio of C12 to C14 carbon. The proportion of C14 in the total carbon deposits on earth is far below one percent, but this can be easily determined using various methods. At about one billion C12 nucleuses there is one C14 nucleus. Normally carbon has six protons and six neutrons and is therefore called C12. C14 is produced, when cosmic radiation hits on the upper Earth's atmosphere and nitrogen N14 is transformed to C14, by exchanging a proton to a neutron. This C14 has the same chemical properties as C12 and also occurs as carbon dioxide, but it is unstable and therefore slightly radioactive. The half-life of C14 is 5730 years, this means after about 5730 years the half of a C14 amount is decayed in a beta-minus decay back to N14 and an electron and energy.
              C14-N14

  Because of this decay, the age of fossils can be determined. While in these, the C14 content is lower because of its decay as in living organisms that have a fixed ratio of C12 to C14, which is kept constant by the continuous respiration. The half-life of 5730 years means that a C14 atom should normally decay to N14 in about 5730 years. But this can also happen in half or double time or at any other time. On average, a C14 decays to N14 is in 5730 years. But why does a C14 atom decays? It doesn't snooze so easily and often looks at a calendar and after about 5730 years it says to himself, it is time to take off. The kick-off and timing for this decay was only understood in the context of quantum electrodynamics. The nucleus of C14 is in a state of higher energy that he gets by his formation by cosmic radiation. According to the rules of quantum mechanics, a state of higher energy is also stable in the absence of external disturbances. But the influence of the quantum fluctuations on the C14 nucleus causes it to a spontaneous decay into N14. This process is very similar to the above of the fluorescent lamps.


5. The final answer to our question

  In the listed previous examples there are some effects of quantum fluctuations described. However, these are mainly limited to the atomic range. They affect an atomic nucleus or electrons. In the macroskopic area in our daily life for us humans, these quantum fluctuations are not immediately noticeable. In any case, I don't know anything yet. Perhaps there will be later new research results. One can only speculate whether the quantum fluctuations, for example, can alter genes and could trigger a spontaneous cancer, whose cause is unknown, or if they could cause mental disorder or cause something else. Quantum physicists also regard the zero point field as an explanation for phenomena such as telepathy, premonitions, synchronicity, spiritual or self-healing. This could also apply to quantum entanglement. Many unexplained events in the world were possibly produced by quantum fluctuations. Perhaps the miracles, which are reported in the Catholic Church and which are partly also recognized and which may also be true, may have caused by the zero-point energy.
  But, as I said, these are all just speculated options that could be affected by the quantum fluctuations. If there is something to be true, this would have to be proved, and that is not easy, because the quantum fluctuations themselves cannot be measured. They can only be verified indirectly.

And then we come back to our original question "Who is God?".

  There is no God as a creator of the universe and humans (after part 3).
The physicist Richard Feynman, of whom some thought that he was perhaps the only scientist who understood quantum mechanics, said: "God was invented to explain puzzles. God is always invented to explain things, you don't understand."
  The universe was created out of nothing from quantum fluctuations and these permeate the universe and also us constantly in the empty space that exists almost everywhere. The quantum fluctuation fulfill the role of the creator and they exist everywhere.
  This reminds me of one of my speculation from Part 1 of "Who is God?" from 2001, in which we didn't have the new knowledge of today. In Chapter 4. "Where is God?" it is called:
 "It couldn't be answered completely. We can regard however its effects. Since God is omnipresent, he should be present 'everywhere'.
                       What exists 'everywhere' ?  -   stuff (this is masses).
And masses is equal energy by Einstein's relativity theory and is everywhere in the universe distributed. If we come, nevertheless, back to the picture of God as an old man, we could regard the energy accordingly as a hand or an arm of him. Energy is responsible for all processes."


 This former speculation is today not full true, but it is similar to our present knowledge in the structure in an amazing way, because our Creator replacement, the quantum fluctuations, are everywhere, and they show yet its effect, also if in a very small way (look upstair).
But these effects do not come from an intellect and spirit, which is assumed of God, but these effects occur spontaneously or statistically. By the problems in the world, the humanity is responsible for their own actions and they can not rely on help of God, that cannot be. This is especially important today with the current problem of climate change. Mankind must take care of its own survival.

In the end, we can answer our initial question "Who is God?".

  There is no god in the sense of religion as the creator and superior administrator and guard of the universe.
Prof. Stephen Hawking already said, that God is in the laws of nature, which comes closer to the matter. (Stephen Hawking: "There's no God.")   We have a causer of the universe. These are the quantum fluctuations and they still exist everywhere and they also have rare minor effects only at the atomic level. The quantum fluctuation can only give kick-offs, which are then determined by natural laws. But due to the Heisenberg uncertainty principle, the process is not clearly predetermined, but different paths can be taken at random. [See note 2)].

Our "God" is in the structure of nothingness due to quantum fluctuations or zero-point energy.


6. Notes:

[1] : From Harald Lesch's Book "Universe for the curious"   [back]

[2] :
Such different paths existed already at the beginning of the universe after the inflation (see part 3), since the distribution of matter in the expanding universe was not uniformly homogeneous, because then we would not exist. Rather, as a result of the quantum fluctuations, there were regions with minimally slightly higher and lower matter density of matter, from which stars and galaxies and thus our solar system could later be formed. [back]



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